On Thursday, Blackhawk Christian released a statement naming Marc Davidson the Head Coach Emeritus for boys basketball at the school.
However, due to his ongoing battle with cancer, Davidson will be stepping away from teaching and coaching duties for the 2022-2023 school year and season. Blackhawk Christian has noted a search for a new boys basketball head coach will begin immediately.
Davidson is the all-time winningest boys’ high school basketball coach at Blackhawk Christian, which included leading his team to two State Championships in 2019 and 2021. Under his leadership, the Blackhawk Christian boys’ basketball program is the winningest program in the state of Indiana over the past four years with a 128-16 record., winning 88.9% of their games in that time span.
Davidson compiled a 227-70 (76%) coaching record in Indiana, which included two years at Lakewood Park Christian and nine years at Blackhawk Christian. He was named Indiana Coach of the Year in 2021. He was the IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2020.
Davidson played college basketball at Illinois under coach Lou Henson, and then transferred to Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, where he recently had his #44 jersey retired by the school. He later played professional basketball in France for more than a decade before retiring from his playing career in 2006.
Below is the full statement from the school, including excerpts from Davidson and Athletic Director Joel Cotton:
Fort Wayne, IN – Blackhawk Christian School has announced that Head Boys Basketball Coach Marc Davidson will obtain the title of Head Coach Emeritus of the boys’ basketball program at Blackhawk Christian. Coach Davidson is no longer able to maintain his teaching and coaching responsibilities due to his ongoing battle with cancer. Being given the title of Emeritus allows Coach Davidson to retain his title as Head Coach as an honor to him for his years of leadership over the boys’ basketball program.
Statement from Blackhawk Christian School:
We recognize the incredible difficulty of this situation for the Davidson family, and we want to continue to walk with them in this journey with love and support. We are forever grateful for Marc and what he continues to mean to our ministry at Blackhawk Christian. We recognize him and honor him today with this new title of Head Coach Emeritus of the Blackhawk Christian boys’ basketball program. He has made a lasting impact on our boys’ basketball program and the Indiana High School Basketball community. We know that as long as he is here with us, he will be about the things that God has called him to, which is sharing Jesus with others and using the game of basketball as a tool to mentor and teach the young men at our school.
Statement from Athletic Director Joel Cotton:
The whole Blackhawk Christian School community has been impacted greatly by Marc Davidson and his family over the past nine years. Marc Davidson exemplifies what it means to be a Christ-like role model and mentor to our student-athletes. His leadership of our boys’ basketball program has provided lifelong memories for the players and families in our program and certainly for the Blackhawk Christian community. Whatever Marc’s health permits him to do, he will always be welcome to speak into the lives of our students.
Statement from Coach Davidson:
Due to the continued spread of cancer throughout my body, I will no longer be able to maintain my teaching and coaching responsibilities at Blackhawk Christian School for the 2022-2023 school year. I would like to say a huge thank you to the entire Blackhawk Christian community for the incredible love and support you have shown me and my family over the past 9 years- we are truly blessed. The prognosis for my health does not look good. But our hope has never been in a doctor’s report. My hope is set firmly on the finished work of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whether in this life or in Heaven, because of Jesus, I am more than a conqueror! I remain steadfast in my commitment to honor Him with every breath He gives me. May the name of the Lord be praised! We would appreciate your ongoing prayers for me and my family.
GO BRAVES! – Coach Davidson
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